Aortic Dissection in the Second Trimester of Pregnancy: Is It Possible to Save Both Lives?


  • Svetozar M. Putnik
  • Bojan D. Nikoli?
  • Ivan A. Divac
  • Miljko N Risti?



Aortic dissection during pregnancy is a potentially catastrophic clinical condition and can be lethal to both mother and fetus. The treatment of aortic dissection in pregnancy is based on location, severity, and gestational age. We report a case of acute aortic dissection in a 30-year-old female patient in her 26th week of gestation. Ascending aorta resection and interposition of a 26-mm Dacron graft was carried out without circulatory arrest by means of a double-felt "sandwich" technique on both anastomoses. The patient was discharged from the hospital 10 days after her initial admission. At the 34th week of gestation, the patient delivered a healthy baby by cesarean section. Because our patient was hemodynamically unstable, our aim at the 26th week of gestation was to perform a simplified surgical procedure, to avoid circulatory arrest, and to maintain a high perfusion pressure, in order to save the patient's life and to decrease the potential risk of damage to the fetus.


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Putnik, S. M., Nikoli?, B. D., Divac, I. A., & Risti?, M. N. (2011). Aortic Dissection in the Second Trimester of Pregnancy: Is It Possible to Save Both Lives?. The Heart Surgery Forum, 14(5), E307-E308.